This exhibition explores the intriguing and little-known history of underwater painting. It highlights some of the art form’s most significant innovators: Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez, Zarh Pritchard, André Laban and Alfonso Cruz. The technique originates from a desire to truly capture aquatic landscapes with authentic perspective, light and chromaticity. The unique media used to successfully paint underwater are displayed and discussed—paper waterproofed with linseed oil, leather boiled in oil and stretched over a greased wooden frame, oil paint applied with a brush or spatula. The exhibition contains 60 works, of which 44 are original. It also contains artists’ personal tools and belongings, as well as archival news clippings and a video presentation.
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